Ex-UMG Exec Can't Keep $1.7M Severance Deal Under Wraps

Law360 (May 10, 2021, 7:37 PM EDT) -- A former Universal Music Group executive who says attorney Marc Kasowitz gave him bad settlement advice can't permanently seal an agreement under which UMG paid him $1.7 million to leave his job after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct, a New York state judge has held.

The substance of the 2018 settlement between UMG and Charlie Walk is important enough to be publicized, New York Supreme Court Justice Andrew Borrok said Friday in a two-page decision and order.

"Neither UMG nor Mr. Walk has a compelling interest in keeping the settlement agreement confidential," Judge Borrok said. "The interest of the...

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